Witness and martyrdom: Palestinian female martyrs’ video-testimonies
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During the second Intifada which started in 2002 and ended sometime in mid 2000s, Palestinian male and female martyrs used video testimonies, records and documents of death, using the first person pronoun so as to articulate their missions and justifications for carrying out their acts of martyrdom. This study, which focuses on Palestinian female martyrs’ video-testimonies, investigates the elusive relationship between martyrdom and witness. I contend that the female martyr is a witness to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and to the oppression and dehumanization to which Palestinians are subject. Palestinian female martyrs are also witnesses to Arab leaders’ weakness and their inability to defend Palestine. The act of martyrdom is a collective one, involving the martyr, the agent of narration and the audience. The audience, who bears witness to the martyr, is necessary for martyrdom to be recognized and to take place. I argue that the end of the martyr’s speech marks out her silence and her transformation into an icon of resistance, heroism and sacrifice. The corpse of the martyr is transformed into the corpus of martyr’s speeches and images that are disseminated by the audience who bear witness to the acts of martyrdom.

 

Journal
Title
Bilal Tawfiq Hamamra
Publisher
Taylor and Francis
Publisher Country
United Kingdom
Indexing
Scopus
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None
Publication Type
Both (Printed and Online)
Volume
22
Year
2018
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